Worth two minutes of your time — Jefferson’s campaign song from the “Revolution of 1800” still sounds just as awesome today as it did then:
The gloomy night before us lies,
The reign of terror now is o’er;
Its gags, inquisitors and spies,
Its hordes of harpies are no more
O’er vast Columbia’s varied clime
Her cities, forests, shores and dales;
In riding majesty, sublime,
Immortal liberty prevails.
Rejoice, Columbia’s sons, rejoice!
To tyrants never bend the knee
But join with heart and soul and voice
For Jefferson and Liberty!
Now if we could only bring back “Hail, Columbia!” as our national anthem…